University of Aberdeen
Current Position Reader in Plant Ecology
Telephone +44 (0)1224 272688
Departments School of Biological Sciences
Quadrat Core Themes Biodiversity, Environmental Management


Key Research Interests

  • Ecological impacts of climate change, herbivory, atmospheric nitrogen deposition, and land management practices, often in interaction with each other, on……..
    • Native plant species, vegetation communities and ecosystem process in the British uplands and the Arctic.
    • Ecosystem carbon sequestration o Moss, and its key functional role within the ecosystem
    • Vegetation change over the past 50-100 years, as demonstrated by resurvey.

Recent Key Papers

Street LE, Mielke N, Woodin SJ (2018) Phosphorus availability determines the response of tundra ecosystem carbon stocks to nitrogen enrichment. Ecosystems, 6, 1155-1167

Steinbauer MJ, Grytnes JA…..Woodin SJ, Wipf S and 49 others (2018) Accelerated increase in plant species richness on mountain summits is linked to warming. Nature 556, 231–234

Smith SW, Johnson D, Quin SLO, Munro K, Pakeman RJ, van der Wal R & Woodin SJ (2015) Combination of herbivore removal and nitrogen deposition increases upland carbon storage. Global Change Biology, doi: 10.1111/gcb.12902

Summary Title of Current Studentships

  • “Upland management to improve carbon sequestration and ecosystem health” SNH studentship 2015-2018
  • “Phosphorus limitation of ecosystem carbon sequestration” Hawkesbury Institute Cotutelle studentship 2016-2019
  • “Developing monitoring tools for data deficient conservation priority lichen/bryophyte species” SNH Studentship with
    JHI. 2016-2019